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Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa

Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE is dispatching some of his most prominent surrogates to Iowa in the home stretch to the state’s caucuses in less than a week.

Biden’s campaign announced Tuesday it's sending 21 surrogates to crisscross the Hawkeye State and headline more than 100 events. The effort is part of the “Beat Trump Barnstorm” tour that will start Thursday and stretch through to Monday, the day of the caucuses.

The list of surrogates makes up the campaign’s A-list of supporters: members of the Obama administration, high-profile members of Congress, including members of Iowa’s House delegation, and more.

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Among the surrogates blanketing Iowa are former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Biden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday MORE, former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, and Democratic Reps. Cindy AxneCindy AxneDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus On The Money: Powell says 'concerning' rise in COVID-19 cases could hinder economic recovery | House Democrats withdraw appeal in case over Trump's New York tax returns | Initial jobless claims dip to 751,000 First-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year MORE (Iowa), Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Incoming Iowa GOP lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (Iowa), Seth MoultonSeth MoultonUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper | Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon | Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up | Pelosi says Esper firing shows Trump intent on sowing 'chaos' Democratic lawmakers lambast Trump over Esper firing as GOP remains mum MORE (Mass.), Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (La.) and Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Now's the time to make 'Social Emotional Learning' a national priority Mourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (Ohio).

Surrogates will visit more than 30 counties across Iowa in the five-day tour, hitting major cities such as Ames, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo. They will host events such as canvass kickoffs and phone banks.

Biden himself will also be visiting 20 cities and 17 counties as part of his “Soul of the Nation” bus tour that runs through Sunday.

Several other top-tier candidates have unleashed high-profile surrogates of their own, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) deploying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-N.Y.) to the state on his behalf and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.) campaigning with Jonathan Van Ness, the co-host of the hit Netflix show “Queer Eye.”

The campaigns’ full-court press in Iowa reflects the competitive nature of the caucuses there in the final days leading up to the race. 

The RealClearPolitics polling average in Iowa shows Sanders with a slim lead, buoyed by a rash of first-place finishes in recent surveys. However, Biden, Warren and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE all are within striking distance in the final week before caucusgoers hit the polls.